Research Articles

Alden Dow’s Ann Arbor

Author: Grace Shackman Inspired by a teenage trip to Japan, the Dow Chemical heir spurned the family business to devote his life to architecture. From city hall to the U-M’s administration building, he put a quirky modernist stamp on the city. Judy Dow Rumelhart was walking down...

Metcalf Modern

This article was initially published in the Ann Arbor observer in April, 2011. Author: Grace Shackman   In the 1960s, U-M Profs sometimes waited years for architect Bob Metcalf to design their homes. Now his mid-century designs are back in fashion. Bob Metcalf, at age eighty-seven, is adding a...

Modern in Context

This article provides additional context for what was happening in design, education and practice during the "modern" period. All which influenced architecture and design in Ann Arbor. Another excellent resource for research and practice specific to the University of Michigan is More...